Wednesday 14 – Sunday 18 September 2022

Read. Write. Welcome

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Read. Write. Welcome.

For five days in September, Write Around the Murray (WAM) brings people together in Albury Wodonga for a festival of storytelling unlike anywhere else.

The Things We Love

This year’s 2021 Write Around the Murray festival theme is ‘The Things We Love’. We’ll explore the people, places and things we love, in all their challenging complexity and diversity.

Join us for an exploration of the things that make life worth living. That call on our courage, resilience and creativity.

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Short Videos

We invited half a dozen of this year’s programmed authors to record short responses to the festival theme. We present the first of them here for your enjoyment and delight.

Stereo Stories

We love this ‘postcard’ from Vin Maskell, creative director of Stereo Stories, made by his son Jesse and featuring music by Vin’s brother Peter. So many great memories. Wish you were here!

T.R. Napper

Tim shares the words of a sci-fi great, reflects on the prescience of cyberpunk, and reminds us why science fiction, and indeed all fiction, matters more than ever.

Jock Serong

"My top 50 books in 5 mins". Jock fails spectacularly and entertainingly at the task he set himself. Have your notepad ready to catch some great recommended reads.


Our team

Write around the Murray is driven by a passionate advisory committee and festival team.

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Author submissions

Authors and publishers are invited to send submissions anytime. We're always looking for presenters to share stories, ideas and expertise with our audience.

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Our competitions give writers the opportunity to show their talent, hone their skills and engage with peers in the writing community.

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Watch and listen

WAM 2021 - The Things We Love
Thursday 12 August 2021
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WAM 2021 - The Things We Love

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Women Doing Politics Differently
Friday 12 March 2021
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Women Doing Politics Differently

– 1 hour 14 minutes 15 seconds
Saturday 16 September 2017
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Read. Write. Welcome.

We are incredibly proud of the amazing line-up of Authors, Illustrators and Journalists who have been involved in the festival over the years. Take a look back at all the fun we've had!

View past festival highlights

Stay in the loop

Arts and Culture Community Program Events and Activities Library Write around the Murray
Tuesday 14 September 2021

Get ready for 2021 Write Around the Murray Festival

Join us as we livestream Australia’s best storytellers from their homes to yours.

Arts and Culture Community Program Events and Activities Media Releases Write around the Murray
Monday 23 August 2021

WAM's online events provide creative nourishment in difficult times.

The region’s only literary-based festival is again offering an excellent line up of online events for audiences to enjoy in the comfort of their home.

Festival Program - Now Available
Write around the Murray
Thursday 12 August 2021

Festival program reshaped and ready

Our 2021 Write Around the Murray festival program is now available.

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